Henderson's (thumb) roster spot might be in jeopardy after Denver's draft additions of Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton, according to Troy Renck of Denver 7 ABC.
The Broncos made it clear during the draft that increased depth and production from the wide receiver spot was necessary in helping quarterback Case Keenum relive his Minnesota magic. The question is whom this pushes out, though upon close review, it seems unlikely to be Henderson, a 2017 third-round pick who missed all of his rookie season to a thumb injury. Though he struggled in camp, Henderson led the nation in receiving touchdowns in 2016 and is a skilled returner. It would seem foolhardy to discard a player like that without ever seeing him on the field. The likelier scenario: Henderson may have to fight for complementary targets while Sutton and Hamilton help replace the departed Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer. This would push 2017 fifth-round pick Isaiah McKenzie and Jordan Taylor in 2018 while Sutton and Hamilton are potentially groomed to take Demaryius Thomas' and Emmanuel Sanders' jobs in 2019 or 2020.
Henderson will have to compete to earn a starting role in Denver, Mike Klis of 9news.com reports.
What a difference one month makes. Prior to the draft, it looked as if Henderson was in good shape to carve out a role as the team's No. 3 wideout. Following the draft, it's a different story. With Denver seemingly having only drafted wide receivers, Henderson will need to compete to earn his stay. As of now, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton all appear to have cemented spots heading into training camp.
Henderson (thumb) could compete for the No. 3 receiver job, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.
A 2017 third-round selection, Henderson missed his entire rookie season while recovering from surgery on a torn thumb ligament, and then was arrested in January for possession of a controlled substance. Broncos general manager John Elway said the team is still excited about the young wideout, hoping he can earn a key spot on a depth chart that lacks proven talent behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. With Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor all uncertain to be back with the team, Henderson may end up competing with rookies and/or offseason additions for the No. 3 job. Of course, the Broncos will need to land a major upgrade at quarterback if said role is going to have much relevance in the fantasy world. A suspension could negatively impact Henderson's bid for the job.
A 2017 third-round pick, Henderson missed the final two preseason games and likely would've been buried on the depth chart to start the year. Rather than using a roster spot on a developmental player, Denver will take advantage of the thumb issue to stash Henderson on injured reserve. Henderson may need surgery, in which case he'd miss extended time even if he hadn't been placed on IR.